Francis the Troubadour:

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Secular Franciscan Summer Seminar

Saint Francis University - July 12 - 15, 2018

Ever since his youth, Saint Francis of Assisi has been a troubadour, a poet of sorts who loved to sing. Prior to his conversion, he often sang secular songs about human love and worldly desires. Yet after his conversion, his singing became religious in nature as he often sang songs to God.

According to Thomas of Celano, after Francis stripped himself of all his clothes and gave them back to his father Pietro Bernadone, he put on some castoff rags and went into the woods singing praises to the Lord in French. Hearing Francis from a distance, a band of robbers rushed upon him and asked who he was. After telling them he was "A herald of the great King," they beat him and cast him into a pit of deep snow and said, "Lie there you clownish herald of God." Yet after the robbers left, Francis climbed out of the pit and began singing again, because even though he had nothing... he also had everything.

This musical legacy, beginning with Saint Francis, has continued throughout the Franciscan Tradition. And even though it is not as well known as the Benedictine and Cistercian traditions, the Franciscans have made a significant contribution to the Church's musical heritage.

This year's theme, “Francis the Troubadour: How Can I Keep From Singing,” will highlight the influence and expression of music in Franciscan spirituality. Come and join our presenters, Cricket and Jerry Aull and Bro. Bob Herrick, OFM Cap as they inspire us with their music and Franciscan joy.

Endorsed by the National Executive Council of the Secular Franciscan Order - USA